Get Tickets For Paranormal Activity, This Decade's Blair Witch Project (Hopefully Not In Terms Of Career-Killing)

Paranormal Activity is this century's Blair Witch Project -- a horror movie whose budget couldn't even afford shoestrings, a horror movie with no stars to speak of, but one that is winning great reviews.

Why is this important to you? Because you can see it before it becomes a cult hit. Remember how the cops had to be called out to the River Oaks Theater because people were trying to storm their way into BWP? (BWP 2, not so much.)

Get ahead of the curve -- be among the first 20 people to hit us with an e-mail at hairballscontest@houstonpress.com and you can win a pass for two to the October 7 screening.

Who knows if Paranormal Activity will be the great career-launcher that BWP was? You have to be there to find out.

But then again, let's take a look at just how big a career-launcher BWP was.

Heather Donahue: Has since appeared in The Walking Hack of Asbury Park (never heard of it), The Morgue (never heard of it) and the TV series It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (never seen it, wife likes it). Grade: Incomplete.

Joshua Leonard: Has since appeared in TV shows like CSI, Numb3rs, Bones and NYPD Blue, which is good for the pocketbook. Also starred as Tyler Durden in Fight Club. The video game of Fight Club, that is. Grade: Incomplete.

Michael C. Williams: Biggest post-BWP credits -- Law & Order, Law & Order:SVU and Without a Trace. On the other hand, he's got a role in an upcoming film where Jonathan Lipnicki, the kid from Jerry Maguire, tries to stretch. Grade: Very Incomplete.

The Two Guys Who Directed BWP: Come on. Let's just say you're having a tough time naming them.

So yeah, maybe Paranormal Activity, while it might be thrilling, won't exact mark the debut of lengthy and prestigious careers. What do you care? You'll still be scared, and it's free.

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